The global small hydropower market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of ~2.5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the growing demand for electricity in remote areas, combined with the rising adoption of hydropower globally. Hydropower plants use flowing water to generate electricity, which is a renewable form of energy. The growing adoption of hydropower is estimated to facilitate the market growth in the upcoming years. According to the statistics of the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydropower generation has increased by over 2% in 2019, which is further expected to increase significantly by the end of 2030. The government initiatives to promote electrification of villages in developing nations is also projected to act as a major growth driver for the market. Along with this, requirement of lesser investment, and land in small hydropower plants, coupled with increasing investment by private sector companies in hydro energy, are estimated to boost the market growth.
The market is segmented by capacity into up to 1 MW, 1–10 MW, and others out of which, the 1-10 MW segment is anticipated to hold the notable share in the global small hydropower market over the forecast period on account of flexible amount of energy generation, which can be achieved with 1-10 MW plants. The increasing focus small-scale decentralized projects is also anticipated to promote the segment growth. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT
In 2018, the world’s total energy supply was 14282 Mtoe, wherein the highest share in terms of source was captured by oil, accounting for 31.6%, followed by coal (26.9%), natural gas (22.8%), biofuels and waste (9.3%), nuclear (4.9%), hydro (2.5%), and other (2.0%). Where there was an increase in energy demand in 2018, the year 2019 witnessed slow growth as the energy efficiency improved owing to decline in the demand for cooling and heating. However, in 2020, the electricity demand decreased by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2020 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus resulting in government-imposed shutdowns in order to limit the spread of the virus, which was further followed by shutdown of numerous business operations impacting their growth. This also resulted in decline of 5.8% in the worldwide CO2 emissions which was recorded to be five times larger than the one recorded during the global financial crisis in 2009. However, in 2021, the demand for oil, gas and coal is estimated to witness growth, which is further projected to create opportunities for market growth. Moreover, rising environment degradation and awareness related to climate change is motivating many key players to employ sustainable energy strategies and invest significantly in environment-friendly power generation technologies with an aim to promote sustainable development among various nations around the world. Such factors are anticipated to promote the growth of the market in upcoming years.
On the basis of geographical analysis, the global small hydropower market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. The market in Asia Pacific region is estimated to witness highest growth and gain largest share over the forecast period on the back of increasing adoption of hydro electricity in the APAC region, along with growing electrifications of villages in China, India, and Vietnam. As per the data by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), 14,446 MW new hydropower capacity was added in 2019, in the East Asia and Pacific, while 1609 MW capacity was installed in South and Central Asia. The market in the North America region is anticipated to gain notable market share throughout the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of hydropower in the United States and Canada, backed by the increasing private investment in hydropower.
The global small hydropower market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:
Our in-depth analysis of the global small hydropower market includes the following segments:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Rising demand for renewable energy and up-surge in adoption of hydro powerplants are the key factors driving the market growth.
The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~2.5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030.
Issues, such as, population displacement, and environmental degradation are estimated to hamper the market growth.
The market in the Asia Pacific region will provide ample growth opportunities owing to the rising government initiative to promote hydroelectricity, and electrification of villages in the region.
The major players in the market are GE Group, Siemens AG, Kirloskar Brothers Limited, Harbin Electric Machinery Company Limited, Canyon Hydro, and others.
The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.
The market is segmented by capacity, type, end-user, and by region.
The commercial segment is anticipated to hold largest market size over the forecast period and display significant growth opportunities.
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